Sermon for 1/29/17: Keeping Focus In Times of Turmoil

Micah 6:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12

 For Dick Blomquist: A veteran of WWII and a tender prophet for us now.   Jerusalem, May 2000

For Dick Blomquist: A veteran of WWII and a tender prophet for us now. 

Jerusalem, May 2000

Outside, the freezing desert night.
This other night inside grows warm, kindling.
Let the landscape be covered with thorny crust.
We have a soft garden in here.
The continents blasted,
cities and little towns, everything
become a scorched, blackened ball.

The news we hear is full of grief for that future,
but the real news inside here
is there’s no news at all.
— Rumi -- Translated by Coleman Barks